JERUSALEM (JNS) – An Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) spokesman refused to confirm to JNS on Sunday the report of a tense exchange last week between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and members of Israel’s War Cabinet.Join our WhatsApp group
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In a leaked, though unverified, part of the Nov. 30 meeting reported by Channel 12, Blinken said that Israel doesn’t have months to deal with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, apparently suggesting that international support for Israel wouldn’t hold for that length of time.
“All of Israeli society is united around the goal of dismantling Hamas—even if it takes months,” said Gallant.
To which Blinken replied: “I don’t think you will have the credit for that.”
However, he said Israel and the U.S. “see eye-to-eye about the goals of this war,” including the eventual “end of Hamas.”
Levy stressed that Washington stands behind Israel’s decision to resume hostilities after Hamas broke a week-long ceasefire on Friday.
Levy referred to a Nov. 18 op-ed in The Washington Post by U.S. President Joe Biden, in which the American leader outlined a future without Hamas’s “violence and hate.”
On Saturday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out Israel’s war goals as threefold: 1) return all the hostages; 2) destroy Hamas; 3) ensure that Gaza never again becomes a threat to Israel; that “there will be no element there that educates its children for terrorism, supports terrorism, finances terrorism and calls for the destruction of Israel.”